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Pandemic the perfect time to increase foreign aid, not cut it

  • A boy holds a cardboard box of food aid received from the World Food Programme in Aleppo’s Kalasa district, Syria, April 10, 2019. (Reuters) The year 2020 may see the global rate of poverty rise for the first time since 1988. It may also see a major decline in overseas aid spendi...
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Can Biden help end the tragedy of Syria?

  • Barack Obama and Joe Biden. (Reuters) Former US President Barack Obama admitted in an interview this month that he is “still tormented by the tragedy in Syria.” He certainly should be. In the international arena, no conflict in his two terms saw so much destruction and loss ...
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Plan to tempt refugees back to Syria unlikely to succeed

  • Bashar Assad addresses, via videolink, an international conference on the return of Syrian refugees in Damascus, Nov. 11, 2020. (Reuters) A half-century of Assad family rule in Syria was marked on Nov. 13. Between father Hafez and son Bashar, most Syrians have known only one name...
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What does a Biden presidency mean for Europe?

  • Italian street artist TvBoy’s depiction of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on a wall in Barcelona, Spain. (AFP)  How will Europe react to President Joe Biden and the end of the Trump era? The stakes for many are high. The relationship with the US remains for most Europea...
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Documenting the abuse of Palestinian children

  • Who thinks children should be tortured or prosecuted systematically in a military court? Who believes children should be shoved into crowded jail cells during the coronavirus pandemic and denied family visits? Me neither. Yet Israel, that supposed solitary beacon of democracy in the Middle East...
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US, Russia must lead the way on nuclear arms control

  • Russian servicemen drive Yars RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile systems, Victory Day Parade, Red Square, Moscow, May 9, 2018. (Reuters) Two countries, Russia and the US, possess between them 91 percent of the world’s 13,410 nuclear warheads, and thereby have the capability...
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Glue that holds UK together appears to be weakening

  • Idependence supporters congregate in George Square, Glasgow, Scotland, September 16, 2014. (Reuters) Is a union of nations that goes back to 1707 in serious peril? Might we be looking at the disintegration of the United Kingdom as we know it — a union of states some claim to be t...
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Arab youth survey should serve as a wake-up call

  • Lebanese students gather in front of the Ministry of Education during anti-government protests, in the capital Beirut, November 7, 2019. (AFP) Should we be in the least bit surprised at the huge number of Arabs who want to emigrate from the region, particularly from the Levant? W...
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Foreign policy takes back seat in US election campaign

  • President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden participate in a presidential debate moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace. (AFP) With less than a month to go, the 2020 US presidential election must already be marked down as one of the most extraordinary in history. A p...
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Syrian opposition’s human rights abuses undermine cause

  • Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) fighters near the city of Afrin, Syria, February 19, 2018. (Reuters) That the Assad regime bears primary responsibility for the conflicts and crises in Syria should be beyond doubt. Its human rights record of targeting civilians, inc...
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